For enthusiasts and researchers of the Great Eastern Railway

We have a new location for our AGM in 2020:-

Saturday 21st March.

Adult Community Learning
Bishops Hill
Poplar Drive
off Rayleigh Road
CM13 1BD


2019 Half Yearly Meeting - Advance Notice

The next HALF YEARLY MEETING of the GERS will be held on Saturday 19th October 2019, in the King’s Centre, 63 – 75 King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH

The planned programme (subject to confirmation) is as follows:

09.00 Hall opens for setting up.

09.30 Meeting opens. Time to buy raffle tickets, GERS sales items, second hand books etc.

10.25 Chairman opens meeting.

10.30 Presentation by Steve Beamon ‘The History of the British Transport Police Part 1 1820 to 1948.

12.00 Lunch break. Sales stands open, Buy your raffle tickets.

13.15 Society announcements.

13.30 Presentation by Reg Davies on ‘Frederick V. Russell’. (GER Chief Draughtsman)

14.30 Refreshment Break. Sales stands open.

14.50 Raffle draw.

15.00 Presentation by Mike Bootman 'An introduction to the LNER Carriage and Coaching Stock built for the GE Section'

16.00 Final circulation and clearing up.



TRAIN as at May 2019





Liverpool Street   07.00 07.30 08.00
Colchester 07.47 08.23 08.47
Ipswich 08.08 08.44 09.08
Norwich 08.50 09.27 09.50
06.27 07.35
Cambridge 06e35 07.00 07e37 08.09
Ely 07.06 07.18 08.16 08.28
Norwich 08.13 08.30 09.15 09.30


e = Change at Ely


From Norwich Station it takes 10 minutes to walk to the venue.

Details on car/ bus/ walking routes also car and disabled parking will appear in September’s News.

Engineering Work. Details will appear in September’s News. Always check the various websites before traveling.


Any member who wishes to use a sales table, please contact Rodger Green on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is a small charge for members selling items for their own profit.


The 46th AGM of the GERS will be held at 13.30 on Saturday 16th March 2019 at the Brentwood Theatre, Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex and we hope as many members as possible will attend the full programme from 09.30.

Nominations for the posts of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer plus the four other members of the Executive Committee must be made in writing and received by the Secretary before 2nd March 2019.

The planned programme for the day is as follows (Subject to Confirmation):

09.30 Meeting opens. Time to buy GERS sales items, second hand books/ magazines/ videos and ephemera.

10.25 Our Chairman opens the meeting.

10.30 Presentation by Andy Grimmett entitled “45 years a driver.”

12.00 Lunch Interval. Sales stands open, raffle tickets.

13.15 Society Announcements followed by the presentation of the Harry Jones Award followed by the 46th AGM. (see Agenda below)

14.00 Our President’s germane and sophisticated thinking.

14.05 Presentation by Nigel Bowdidge concerning the Collision between Harold Wood and Brentwood on 11th February 1941

14.45 Refreshment break followed by the Raffle Draw.

15.15 Presentation by Rodger Green, entitled Ingatestone Station 1557 [sic] to 2019

16.15 Final circulation.

16.45 Meeting closes.


1.    Apologies for absence.
2.    Minutes of the 45th AGM held on 17th March 2018.
3.    Matters arising.
4.    Secretary’s Report
5.    Treasurer’s Report.
6.    Chairman’s Statement.
7.    Election of Officers.
8.    Election of Executive Committee.
9.    Appointment of Independent Examiner.
10    Any Other Business at the discretion of the Chairman



IMPORTANT. There are NO TfL or Greater Anglia trains between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Any GERS member who requires a display or sales table, or if you have questions regarding getting to the venue please contact the Meetings Organiser: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tea, coffee, & biscuits will be available during the day, second hand books, videos, DVDs, magazines and GER paperwork will be on sale. Barry Jackson will be taking orders for items from the GERS Sales List.

Brentwood Theatre is behind “The Hermitage” on Shenfield Road, about 90 yards from Wilson’s Corner roundabout. The car park is not generally available for theatre users but Society members with sales or display material or elderly or infirm members can gain access on arrival at the barrier. Vehicle access is through a gateway.

The car parks are marked on the map below. The Council Office car park in Ingrave Road is no longer accessible.

Before travelling by bus or train check appropriate web-sites for issues affecting your journey.

Public transport: The nearest railway station is Brentwood, which due to works will be using rail replacement buses, then a walk uphill or a local bus to the venue. Checked February 2019:

Brentwood Rly Sta. 9, 21, 37, 73, 81, 351

Shenfield Rly Sta. Ensign Bus 81 to High St “G” (09:06 arr 09:12), return High St. “A”.

Basildon Bus Sta. “G”. First Essex 9 to High St. “F”. (07:40 arr 08:47, 08:25 arr 09:32), return High St. “B”

Billericay Rly Sta. “B”. First Essex 9 to High St. “F”. (08:21 arr 08:47, 09:06 arr 09:32), return High St. “B”

Romford Rly Sta. “V”. Blue Triangle 498 to High St. “A”. (08:18 arr 08:47, 08:36 arr 09:06), return High St. “F”.

Epping Rly Sta. Trustybus 420, change Ongar ‘Two Brewers’.

Ongar ‘Two Brewers’. Ensign Bus 21 to High St. “F” (08:53 arr 09:12), return High St. “B”.

Chelmsford Rly Sta. “10” to High St “G”. First Essex 351 (08:35 arr 09:21), return High St. “A”.

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